Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav is a King Penguin living at Edinburgh Zoo. He is the honorary Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Royal Guard, and in 2008 he was visited by the regiment and awarded a knighthood. He is - without doubt - my favourite military figure, and I wrote a terza rima poem about him a couple of years ago. On #PenguinAwarenessDay it seemed appropriate to re-post it. I hope you like it!
Colonel-in-Chief (of my Heart)
Nils Olav is a fowl of fair repute –
The only one to serve the Royal Guards!
And, though he can’t parade or give salute,
Norwegian soldiers hold him in their hearts.
He can’t give orders or convey commands,
He knows no combat skills or martial arts,
He cannot load a gun (he has no hands),
But when I think of him, my feelings stir!
On principle and purity, he stands!
His name is Nils, but you can call him ‘Sir’.
|Sir Nils inspects the troops|